2017 Natural Shampoos Conditioners Guide

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Last updated on September 15th, 2017 at 11:55 am

Natural Shampoos Natural Shampoo The Body Deli Intelligent Nutrients Shampoo Shea Moisture ShampooWouldn’t it be nice to simply read the ingredients of a shampoo and know right away whether it will work for your hair? Finding the right shampoo for your hair type, your health, and the environment is challenging, isn’t it? Today, I will discuss 3 popular natural shampoos and conditioners and will introduce a technique to help you find your favorite shampoo/conditioner.

 

There was a time where I spent over a year trying all kinds of so-called natural shampoos and conditioners. This guinea pig experiment ruined my hair. But I do not regret it. The result of that sacrifice was that now, just by looking at the ingredients of a shampoo, I can estimate how it will perform on your hair (assuming that all the ingredients are disclosed).

 

Among many other things, I learned that the “no-poo method” (using baking soda instead of a shampoo) is a bad idea. And I learned that as much as I wanted to like natural shampoos that contain soap or soap nuts, I could not use them because they leave my hair greasy.

 

Following that experimental phase, I settled on a shampoo made by Hairprint, and used it exclusively for about a year, with really good results. While I am satisfied with its performance, some of you told me your hair tangles and gets frizzy. I think Hairprint shampoo works well for healthy hair. But if your hair is not perfect, it may need help from chemicals that coat your hair, such as quaternary ammonium compounds (quats).

 

In my research, I estimate that over 95% of shampoos, even those so-called natural shampoos, use one or two quats. Hairprint is the exception, which is admirable. However, asking you to go from your conventional shampoo/conventional to an absolutely chemical-free shampoo is like asking you to do a headstand on your first day of yoga practice. (I’m still working on that, so I get it.)

 

Because my goal is to make your journey to a non-toxic living practical and enjoyable, here I am going to review 3 shampoos that my readers asked me about most often in 2017. Each represents a much better choice than most other shampoos or conditioners out there. And then I will introduce a new method to help you with shopping for natural shampoos.

 

The Body Deli Living Hair Shampoo and Conditioner

 

Shampoo Ingredients: *Aloe Vera Juice, Antioxidant Micro-Clustered Water, Decyl Polyglucose (Corn Sugar Derived Surfactant), Sea Salt, *Shea Butter, Pro-Vitamin B5, Vegetable Glycerin, *Barley Grass Juice, *Oat Grass Juice, *Wheat Grass Juice, *Dandelion Leaf Juice, *Kale Juice, *Spinach Juice, *Carob Pod, *Maca Root, Spirulina, Kelp, Chlorella, Icelandic Kelp, Dulse, Nori, Bladderwrack, Papain, Bromelain, *Chamomile, *Calendula, *Yarrow, *Horsetail, *Comfrey, *Yucca, *Melissa, *Oat Protein, *Carrot Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, *Lecithin, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Essential Oils of *Rosemary, *Peppermint, *Spearmint, Lemon Verbena, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Natural Preservative System)   (* Denotes Organically Grown Ingredients)

Probiotics- Acid stable, and incredibly magnified/fed by the VMG™ (Vita Mineral Green) formula: Lactobacillus plantarum, L. Paracasei, L. rhamnosus, L. salivarius, Streptococcus thermophilus, L. bulgaricu

 

Wheatgrass**- Gluten Free, this grass is harvested before seed production and without seed kernel contamination.
Barley Grass**- Gluten Free, this grass is harvested before seed production and without seed kernel contamination.

 

Conditioner Ingredients: *Aloe Vera Juice, Antioxidant Micro-Clustered Water, Sea Salt, *Shea Butter, Pro-Vitamin B5, Vegetable Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Oil Emulsifier), *Barley Grass Juice, *Oat Grass Juice, *Wheat Grass Juice, *Dandelion Leaf Juice, *Kale Juice, *Spinach Juice, *Carob Pod, Spirulina, Kelp, Chlorella, Icelandic Kelp, Dulse, Nori, Bladderwrack, Papain, Bromelain, *Chamomile, Goji Berry, *Calendula, *Yarrow, *Horsetail, *Comfrey, *Yucca, *Melissa, *Maca Root,*Oat Protein, *Carrot Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, *Lecithin, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Essential Oils of *Roman Chamomile, *Blood Orange, *Ylang-Ylang, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Natural Preservative System) (* Denotes Organically Grown Ingredients)

Probiotics- Acid stable, and incredibly magnified/fed by the VMG™ (Vita Mineral Green) formula: Lactobacillus plantarum, L. Paracasei, L. rhamnosus, L. salivarius, Streptococcus thermophilus, L. bulgaricu

 

Wheatgrass**-Gluten Free, this grass is harvested before seed production and without seed kernel contamination.

Barley Grass**- Gluten Free, this grass is harvested before seed production and without seed kernel contamination.

 

What do I think about the ingredients of the Body Deli Living Hair shampoo and conditioner?

 

Before I dive into an analysis of the ingredients, I’d like to preface my remarks by saying that I wish The Body Deli listed their product ingredients in accordance with the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) labeling system, which would make it easier for a consumer to understand them. INCI is a global standardization for ingredient names, which provides consistency around the world on how ingredients are named.

 

For example, the INCI name of decyl polyglucose listed in The Body Deli shampoo is decyl glucoside. So if you look up the non-INCI name of ingredients in the Skin Deep database, you might have a hard time finding them. As another example, The Body Deli lists guar gum as an ingredient, but it is listed without its INCI name, so it is unclear whether it uses guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride or cyamopsis tetragonoloba (guar) gum, which are different ingredients.

 

Despite the absence of INCI names, I am able to review the product because I spoke with them on the phone about the ingredients and received an email confirming that the guar gum they use is guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride.

 

There are a lot of ingredients in the Body Deli shampoo and conditioner so let me break them down into groups to make it easier to understand.

 

The building blocks of all foaming liquid shampoos and conditioners, whether or not they are marketed as “natural,” are surfactants (foaming agents), emulsifiers (bind oils and water), and preservatives (protects a liquid product from mold and bacteria contamination), which are also the most common sources of health and environmental concerns.

 

Surfactants (Foaming Agents) in The Body Deli Living Hair Shampoo

 

Decyl Polyglucose (INCI: Decyl Glucoside): The Body Deli informed me on the phone they are in the process of updating their website to reflect that the decyl glucoside they use now is derived from coconut sugar versus corn. Because I know soap does not work for me or for many of you, I have to look for synthetic surfactants. Decyl glucoside is among the safest synthetic surfactant. In fact, it is the surfactant that I look for in natural shampoos I use. It is not known to have any contaminants, is not linked to any health problems, and is rated 1 (10 being most toxic) with limited data in the Skin Deep database.

 

Preservatives in The Body Deli Living Hair Shampoo and Conditioner

 

In both its shampoo and conditioner, The Body Deli uses one of the safest preservatives, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, a unique peptide with antimicrobial and conditioning properties derived from fermented Leuconostoc kimchii radishes. This is my favorite preservative. It makes me happy to see it in The Body Deli shampoo and conditioner.

 

Emulsifiers (Oil and Water Binder) in The Body Deli Living Hair Conditioner

 

The Body Deli uses cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate, which are the emulsifiers on my approved list. While they both have no data in the Skin Deep database, my opinion is that they are safe based on the way they are made. cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate are obtained from olive oil by esterification of the fatty acid groups and then combined with sorbitol and cetearyl alcohol respectively.

 

Hair and Scalp Conditioners in The Body Deli Living Hair Shampoo and Conditioner

 

Botanicals: I love the fact that the shampoo and conditioner are rich in botanical extracts that provide healing and nutritional properties to the hair and scalp.

 

Pro-Vitamin B5 (INCI: Panthenol): I also love that both shampoo and conditioner contain it because it helps strengthen hair roots and alleviates itching.

 

Probiotics: This is not a typical ingredient but I like it.

 

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (“Quats”)

 

Guar Gum (INCI: Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride): Both The Body Deli shampoo and conditioner contain it, which is a quaternary ammonium derivative of cluster beans.   While it is derived from a plant, there is a synthetic portion to it.

 

Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride belongs to the group of chemicals called quaternary ammonium compounds (“quats.”) Despite its scary name and that some chemicals in the group of quats are found to be harmful, I have not found any studies linking guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride to any health problems. It is rated 1 (10 being most toxic) with limited data available on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. In the Canada Environment Substance List, it is listed as not toxic to aquatic life.

 

There is uncertainty as to whether it is persistent (remains in the environment for very long times) and bioaccumulative (builds up in organisms over time with repeated exposure).

 

After 5 years of trying numerous shampoos, I came to the conclusion that without it or other quats, shampoos and conditioners do not work very well, especially if you do not have perfectly healthy hair. Why?

 

Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride is positively charged so it neutralizes the negative charges on hair strands that cause your hair to become static or tangled. At the same time, it does this without weighing the hair down and thus allows your hair to retain its volume. They also impart a “slippery” feeling to the hair so you can comb your hair better, control frizzy hair, and spread the conditioner better all over your hair.

 

Conclusion about The Deli Body Living Hair Shampoo/Conditioner Ingredients

 

In my opinion, there are no ingredients that are linked to irritation, sensitization, endocrine disruption, or cancer. Also, in my opinion, the choices of surfactants, preservatives, emulsifiers and hair/skin conditioners are the top choices in their respective categories.

 

How do I like The Body Deli Living Hair shampoo/conditioner?

 

If you want to buy the shampoo and conditioner that I love, buy The Body Deli Living Hair shampoo and conditioner.

 

Before switching to this shampoo, I was using Hairprint shampoo and conditioner for almost a year exclusively, and still really like them. Originally, I mainly bought The Deli Body Shampoo and Conditioner to try them so I could tell you about them, but now I am a big fan.

 

After the very first use of The Body Deli shampoo/conditioner I was blown away. My scalp and hair felt light, calm, and simply pleasant. My whole head felt like it was floating on a cloud. My hair is manageable, frizz-free, and feels hydrated and moisturized.

 

And I noticed that my hair looks good longer so I can go 4-5 days between washes.

 

Be warned that this shampoo does not foam very well. That’s because there is only one mild surfactant in it. Make sure to wet your hair very well before applying the shampoo, spread it well, and know that even though you do not see lots of foam, your hair will be clean.

 

Overall, I am very happy with the performance of The Body Deli shampoo and conditioner.

 

Where to buy The Body Deli Living Hair Shampoo and Conditioner

 

The company’s website

With this link, you will receive 10% off on your first purchase. And (full disclosure) I will get a credit towards my future purchases.  Please make sure to make a not of the discount code displayed on the screen so you use it at the checkout. 

 

 

Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic™ Shampoo and Conditioner

 

Intelligent Nutrients Shampoo Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycerin, Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Cocoglucoside, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Palmate (Ethyl Fatty Acid),1 Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil,1 Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil,1,2 Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil,1,2 Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil,1,2 Vitis Vinifera (Red Grape) Seed Oil,1,2 Vaccinium Marcocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil,1,2 Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil,1 Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil,1 Menthol,1 Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil,1 Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Bark Oil,1 Vanilla Planifolia Fruit (Natural Flavor),1 Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry Natural Flavor Type),1 Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil, Limonene,1,3 Linalool,1,3 Potassium Sorbate,4 Sodium Benzoate,4 Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

 

Intelligent Nutrients Conditioner Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Ethyl Palmate (Ethyl Fatty Acid),1 Behentrimonium Chloride, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Tapioca Starch, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil,1 Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil,1 Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil,1,2 Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil,1,2 Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil,1,2 Vitis Vinifera (Red Grape) Seed Oil,1,2 Vaccinium Marcocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil,1,2 Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil,1 Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil,1 Menthol,1 Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil,1 Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Bark Oil,1 Vanilla Planifolia Fruit (Natural Flavor),1 Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry Natural Flavor Type),1 Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil, Limonene,1,3 Linalool,1,3 Potassium Sorbate,4 Sodium Benzoate,4 Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

 

1 CERTIFIED ORGANIC

2 INTELLIMUNE® ANTIOXIDANT SUPER SEED OIL COMPLEX

3 NATURALLY OCCURRING COMPONENT OF ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND

4 MINERAL DERIVED

 

What do I think about the Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic™ Shampoo and Conditioner ingredients?

 

Surfactants (Foaming Agent) in the Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic™ Shampoo

 

In the Intelligent Nutrients shampoo, in addition to the glucoside family of surfactants that we talked about above, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate is used. It is the sodium salt of the coconut fatty acid amide of N-methyltaurine and, unfortunately, like many other surfactants, it has no data available in the Skin Deep database. (Unfortunately, there is a proliferation of hundreds of surfactants, about which we know very little).   The good news is that in the Canada Environment Substance List, it is listed as not being toxic to aquatic organisms.

 

Preservatives in the Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic™ Shampoo and Conditioner

 

The preservation system consists of a combination of potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate, which are very commonly used in natural shampoos and conditioners. Despite a lot of scary information on the Internet you might find, my opinion is that they don’t cause cancer. In fact, they are food-grade preservatives, and often used in food.

 

Emulsifiers in the Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic™ Shampoo and Conditioner

 

Glyceryl oleate and glyceryl stearate are the emulsifiers used in the Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic shampoo and conditioner, respectively. Glyceryl oleate is rated 1 with fair data in the Skin Deep database, and there is a concern that it might be an irritant. And glyceryl stearate is rated 1 with limited data in the Skin Deep database. Overall, while they are not my top choices, they are still among the safest emulsifiers out there.

 

Hair and Scalp Conditioners in the Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic™ Shampoo and Conditioner

 

I like that there is a variety of botanical ingredients used. The mild scent comes from essential oils.

 

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (“Quats”) in the Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic™ Shampoo and Conditioner

 

Now, let’s talk about quats again. In the shampoo, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride is used and we talked about it earlier when we talked about The Body Deli shampoo/conditioner.

 

In the Intelligent Nutrients conditioner, in addition to guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, there is another quat called behentrimonium chloride.

 

Like guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, behentrimonium chloride is derived from plants, specifically, colza oil obtained from the seeds of the oil seed turnip. However, it is an organic substance containing a carbon compound.

 

In the Skin Deep database, behentrimonium chloride is rated 3 with no data available. In the Canada Environment Substance List, it is listed as being non-persistent and non-bioaccumulative, but still toxic to aquatic life.

 

The European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety found that behentrimonium chloride may cause irritation in concentrations above 5% in the rinse-out products and up to 3% in leave on hair care and facial cream products. Since these are relatively much higher thresholds than for other quats, such as cetrimonium chloride or steartrimonium chloride, we can probably assume that behentrimonium chloride is safer.

 

This study confirms that, unlike some other quats, this one does not cause either immediate dermal irritation or delayed sensitization (an allergic reaction developed over time) when used in concentrations >5%.

 

In conclusion, behentrimonium chloride has not been linked to any health problems when used in concentrations of under 5%. However, there is a concern about its safety to aquatic life.

 

Conclusion about the Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic™ Shampoo and Conditioner Ingredients

 

My biggest concern is the use of behentrimonium chloride in the Intelligent Nutrients conditioner. You might try to skip the conditioner and use the shampoo only. Since the shampoo has conditioning elements, it might be all you need.

 

How do I like the shampoo/conditioner the Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic™ Shampoo and Conditioner?

 

I bought it as part of my testing of various formulations of natural shampoos.  Overall, the Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic™ shampoo and conditioner work well. They clean the hair well, the hair combs well, and the scalp feels okay. I did notice that I find myself touching my scalp as if something bothers me. I am not sure whether that is related to the products or not.

 

The Intelligent Nutrients shampoo provides a bit more volume to the hair than the Body Deli does; however, it does not seem to be as hydrating to the hair as the Body Deli, whether or not it used with the conditioner. I do not see any additional benefit in using a conditioner. My husband has a sensitive scalp, and the Intelligent Nutrients shampoo works for him with no irritation issues. (He loves these products, by the way.)

 

Where to buy the Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic™ Shampoo and Conditioner

 

The company’s website

 

Credo Beauty (the best price is there)

 

Amazon

 

Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

 

Shea Moisture Shampoo Ingredients: Deionized Water, Decyl Glucoside (Coconut Oil), Cocos Nucifera(Coconut) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Vitamin E, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (Coconut Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Rosemary Extracts, Silk Protein, Proprietary Essential Oil Blend, Guar Gum, Stearic Acid, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract.

 

Shea Moisture Conditioner Ingredients: Deionized Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sorbitol Esters, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive ) Fuit Oil*, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Proprietary Essential Oil Blend, Silk Protein, Aloe Barbedenis Leaf Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Rosemary Extract, Caprylyl Glycol

 

What do I think about the ingredients of the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine shampoo and conditioner?

 Natural Shampoos Natural Shampoo The Body Deli Intelligent Nutrients Shampoo Shea Moisture Shampoo

The first time I look at the ingredients of the Shea Moisture shampoos and conditioners, I was disappointed with the way they listed them – no INCI labeling and I saw typos. I recently noticed that they are trying to do a better job and they told me in emails they would be converting to INCI and then they said that they had converted.

 

Despite that, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride is still listed as guar gum. And I still see some typos, which I wish I could just correct for them. (Maybe you feel the same way about my blog, haha.)

 

Surfactants the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo

 

The choice of a surfactant is the now familiar decyl glucoside, which, in my opinion, is one of the safest synthetic surfactants and the one I prefer. Besides decyl glucoside, sodium lauroyl lactylate is used, which is rated 1 with no data available in the Skin Deep database.

 

Preservatives in the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

 

For preservatives in the Shea Moisture shampoo, they use Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, which are on my safer preservative list also. This preservative is derived from honeysuckle flower with CO2 and does not normally have any contaminants.

 

In the Shea Moisture conditioner, the preservatives are not apparent and they did not answer my question about which ingredients act as preservatives. Based on my understanding of the ingredients, I believe the combination of caprylyl glycol and behentrimonium chloride are used to prevent bacteria and mold growth as they both have antimicrobial properties.

 

Emulsifiers in the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Conditioner

 

The emulsifier used in the Shea Moisture conditioner is cetyl alcohol, which is on my approved list of emulsifiers. It is rated 1 with limited data in the Skin Deep database.  In my opinion, it is one of the safest emulsifiers I have seen in natural shampoos and conditioners.

 

Hair and Scalp Conditioners in the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

 

I like that there is a variety of botanical ingredients, as well as silk protein and panthenol (vitamin B5).

 

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (“Quats”) in the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

 

The quat used in the Shea Moisture shampoo is guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, listed as guar gum, which we talked about earlier. (I have not found any studies linking guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride to any health problems. It is rated 1 (10 being most toxic) with limited data available on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. In the Canada Environment Substance List, it is listed as not toxic to aquatic life. There is uncertainty as to whether it is persistent (remains in the environment for very long times) and bioaccumulative (builds up in organisms over time with repeated exposure).)

 

And in the Shea Moisture conditioner, there is the familiar behentrimonium chloride. (It is an organic substance containing a carbon compound. In the Skin Deep database, behentrimonium chloride is rated 3 with no data available. In the Canada Environment Substance List, it is listed as being non-persistent and non-bioaccumulative, but still toxic to aquatic life. See above for a more detailed discussion. The bottom line is that I have some concerns about it.)

 

Conclusion about the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

 

Aside with being frustrated with the lack of information and the way ingredients are listed, my biggest concern is behentrimonium chloride used in the Shea Moisture conditioner.

 

In addition, they have lot of different Shea Moisture natural shampoos and conditioners and they all have different ingredients, which means that you have to decipher and second-guess each of them separately.

 

How did I like the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner?

 

I have not tried this or any other Shea Moisture shampoo and conditioner. By the way, the ingredients differ from Shea Moisture shampoo to shampoo.

 

The reason I chose this specific formulation because some of you and Amazon reviews indicated that it works great for curly hair.

 

I can understand why. With curly hair, you want to combat frizz and dryness and create smooth and hydrated curls without making them so heavy that they flatten out. And I believe this shampoo has the necessary ingredients to achieve that.

 

Because there are no sulfate surfactants, your hair should not be over-stripped of natural oils. Then, there are quats that have anti-static function and help create bouncy curls. And there are two more important ingredients – silk protein and panthenol that help restore the hair’s damage and keep hair hydrated without weighing it down.

 

Where to buy the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

 

The company’s website

 

Amazon

 

 

Conclusion about these natural shampoos and conditioners

 

In conclusion, while these shampoos/conditioners are safer than a lot of other shampoos out there, none is 100% percent perfect. The environmental concern is something to consider.

 

If you are looking for concern-free natural shampoos, consider using Hairprint shampoo/conditioner.

 

What is next? My new method to help you choose the right natural shampoos and conditioners

 

Every time I recommend a product, I get a lot of emails and comments asking me what I think about a certain brand, and this is very true regarding shampoos. Answering your questions in the comments or by email does not allow me to provide you with enough detail. So I’d like to propose a way to streamline this process and provide you with all the resources you need to make the right decision for you and your hair.

 

Here is what I propose. I would like to create shampoo and conditioner tables (such as this one for natural shampoos and conditioners below) with shampoos and conditioners that accumulate at least 10 requests. For each shampoo and condition that reaches that threshold, I will read every ingredient of the shampoo and conditioner and present you with the distilled information. To compensate me for the hours of researching every single ingredient, I will charge $2.99, and create a chart that has two tables that will include 5 natural shampoos and conditioners.

 

Would you want to have an instant peace of mind for $2.99?

 

Let me know in the comments what you think and which shampoos and conditioners you want to know about.

 

If you can’t afford (or don’t want) to pay me, know that there is still and will be lots of free information, such as this post, on my website. I am just trying to make sure I am not compelled to get back to my job as a financial analyst.

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47 Responses

  1. Hi Irina, thanks for your dedication to this area! I’m a busy professional with 2 small kids and as much as I enjoy engaging in my own research relating to everything non-toxic, I usually cannot devote the amount of time required and am so appreciative that you share your findings! I’d love to hear your thoughts on Hairstory’s “new wash” – its far from perfect (uses phenoxyethanol and other undesirable ingredients) but they claim to be phthalate free (in an email exchange with me) and otherwise are better than most mainstream brands. Also, there’s Josh Rosebrook plant based brand which looks super clean to me. I’d love your thoughts on either of these!

    • Thanks, Sharon. It is so good to hear from you. I know you are so busy. Is it important for you to know whether there is soap or soap nuts in a shampoo? John Rosebrook does have soap nuts and thus it did not work for my hair. What do you think about the tables? Would you need more or less information? Thank you! ~Irina

      • Hi Irina! I don’t have an issue with soap nuts so am ok with Josh Rosebrook and others that use them. I thought the tables were very helpful and I’d love a similar breakdown of these other two brands, and would be happy to pay the $2.99 for the shampoo/conditioner breakdown. And while we’re at it, I would just mention a skin care line that I’ve been thrilled with, Laurel organics, which I believe is super clean. I know you use blissoma and I haven’t tried their products yet but would love your thoughts on the Laurel skin care line which is fully plant-based. Thanks!

  2. Hi irina
    How are you? I have been contemplating between buying the Moroccan method and hair print. Please irina can you investigate the Moroccan method hair products for me as it would help me make the right decision and choose either the Moroccan method or hair print. Thank you

  3. Hi! I’ve used and liked the shampoo from Vita-Myr. Curious to see what your opinion on it. Thank You

  4. Hi Irina, thank you for this info and the chart! Very helpful and I like what you have listed there. I don’t know if you ever look into direct sales companies but I am a consultant with Pure Haven and we 100% guarantee non toxic products. Our shampoo and conditioner is produced using organic plant and essential oil based ingredients. Let me know if you are willing to look into this company. Thanks!

    • Hi, Sheila: If your shampoo/conditioner gathers at least 10 votes, I will certainly include it in the table. I did research this company when they were Ava Anderson in the past. ~Irina

      • Unfortunately Ava Anderson did not end on a very good note. Pure Haven has started everything from scratch because they now produce EVERYTHING in house (no outsourcing – this is where Ava Anderson ran into trouble!). Their facility also became USDA Certified Organic last year through Oregon Tilth. Plus they just got done completely revamping their website and packaging under our new president, Char Knox. So lots of changes and improvements! Hopefully you get some other recommendations for this company 😉

  5. Hi Irina,

    Thank you for the research. I usually end up buying what you suggest. Have you looked into shampoo and conditioner from 100% pure? I like their shampoo a lot, but not sure if it’s good for me. Thank!

  6. Hi Irina,

    Great post & wonderful research findings. Thank you. I’ve got a question for you. I have also been using Hairprint color restorer & shampoo/conditioner too for nearly a year & my hair is like straw, super dried out & after washing it’s a tangled nightmare. It’s squeaky clean, literally, but does not feel nourished or “coated” which I think my hair may need to feel good & look good. Unfortunately. I have never considered it unhealthy but I did get highlights prior to using Hairprint so there’s that! 😉 I’ve just been powering through these hair symptoms because their products are pure & I fear the Hairprint color restorer won’t work if I don’t use their shampoo etc. I’d love to try the body deli products you are enjoying but in your opinion, will the quats coat my hair & prevent the effectiveness of the Hairprint color restorer? Thanks for your help!

    • Hi, Joyce: I think you can use the Body Deli shampoo as long as you 2-3 washes with Hairprint shampoo prior to the application of the Hairprint color restorer. As for your dry hair, when there are no coating agents in a shampoo/conditioner, your hair is what it is without any extra help of the coating agents. Also, the health of the hair mainly comes from within. For example, the lack of vitamin B and omegas may show in your hair. Have you looked into whether your body absorbs and retains sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals? ~Irina

    • Hi, Joyce: I found this study published in “Pediatric Dermatology” called “Familial Uncombable Hair Syndrome: Ultrastructural Hair Study and Response to Biotin” There was a family affected to the fourth generation by uncombable hair syndrome – unruly, tangled, and dry hair. A trial with oral Biotin of 5 mg/day was started on 2 young patients with excellent results after 3 months. The treatment was administered for 6 months total. 2 years later, hair normality was maintained without biotin. Have you considered taking Biotin? Biotin is vitamin B7. Please talk to your doctor first before taking it though. I researched a lot of brands and the brand I like is Pure Encapsulations. Happy Friday! ~Irina

      • You are awesome to do all of this research, something I may do in the future for self care products or vitamins. What I mean to say is thank you.

        My hair is very dry and tangles very easily without synthetic hair coating chemicals, and recently I learned that my body cannot process all B vitamins without them being methylated first. This is a common genetic disorder called MTFR. I imagine this is what makes my hair pretty unmanageable, and I wonder about other people with unhealthy hair like me- if this is also their hair problem or something similar.

  7. Dina Pickens

    Hey Trina
    Have you checked out– just nutritive shampoo and conditioner– for extremely dry hair? Nothing bad, but lots of natural ingrediants. I have long hair and this is the first shampoo that I do not have kinks when I comb and also feels like silk when I was with it– My hair feels and looks amazing, appreciate your feedback

  8. I’d be up for buying the rating of shampoos if there was a disclosure how many/which brands are rated.

    I was hoping for something more affordable than $30/bottle, which in my opinion is too expensive for shampoo.

    • I know, it is pretty pricey. And normally I turn away some product recommendations when I think they are way overpriced. But this one was just too good. 🙂 I will definitely disclose all the brands that will be included in the tables before you buy them. I am converting to this approach for all my rating lists. Here is an example: https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/baby-wipes-rating-list-ebook/ Thank you, Natalia, for your continued support! ~Irina

  9. Thank you for doing all the hard work of researching ingredients. I would like to know what you think about Acure Organics. I know that they have a few different types of shampoos and conditioners and some probably have better ingredients than others. Maybe you can suggest the best of them. I ordered online Acure Organics mint volumizing shampoo and conditioner and lemongrass shampoo and conditioner a day before this post came out… 🙁 so wanted to see if I made OK decision.

  10. I clicked on your link and ordered some products from Body Deli but they didn’t give me the 10% off and so probably didn’t give you the credit either.

    • Hi, Laura: Thank you for letting me know. Did you try calling them and asking them why you did not get 10% off? Have you been their customer before by any chance? Did anybody else have this problem? ~Irina

  11. Hi!

    I’d love to know about Phylia clean shampoo!

    Also, is the bodyliving shampoo safe for pregnant or nursing moms? The super greens in it made me nervous because it’s often recommended pregnant women avoid them…do you have any information on this?

    • Hi, Jenny: which ingredients in the Body Deli Living Hair shampoo are you referring to in regards to safety during pregnancy? ~Irina

      • Hi Irina! Now that I look at the label more closely, I actually don’t see any I think would be a concern…

  12. There is a shampoo with only 5 ingredients. I add some drops of Rosemary Essential Oil and Baobab oil to aid in thickening my hair. The shampoo is made for puppies and is by TropiClean. I love it because its ingredients are purified water, mild coconut cleanser, avena sativa oatmeal, vitamin E, aloe extract.
    It is Hypo Allergenic, Gentle Coconut Puppy Shampoo for sensitive skin. And it is made in the USA. I would love to know what you think of this product. Is it indeed as safe as I hope?

    • Hi, Marianna: when it says “mild coconut cleanser,” that means the name of the actual cleanser (there are hundreds of them) is not disclosed. It is illegal, and if the FDA had resources, it would shut them down. For instance, Cocamide DEA is one of those “mild coconut cleansers” but it is on California Prop.65 List as a carcinogen. ~Irina

  13. Hi,Irina, interesed in read your opinion about living libations SPIRULINA. thanks

  14. sapna canet

    Curious about the Fairytale Rosemary Repel Shampoo and Conditioner and even Detangling spray for kids.

    Thanks!

  15. Have you ever heard of MopTop? It’s locally made here and they’re really starting to branch out. You can purchase from their site, http://www.moptophair.com or Amazon. I would love to know what you think! Thanks!

  16. Hi Irina!

    I’d love to know about Giovanni Smooth As Silk Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. I’m almost scared to know just how bad the ingredients are because this stuff is the only shampoo/conditioner that really works on my long hair and it is easily available on Amazon. Maybe others would want to know too?

    Thanks!
    Laura

  17. Sylvia Gomez

    OMG heck yes I would pay you to do this!! I’ve researched labels before and know how tidious and time consuming it can be. Thank you for doing this!

  18. I’d love to know about John Masters (especially this one): https://johnmasters.com/products/sc

  19. Gina Schlisner

    Hi Irina,
    I doubt the shampoo I use will get any votes but I’d be willing to pay you more to review it. Is that an option?
    It is by Suzanne Somers and it claims to be certified toxic free.I order from her website. It is expensive so I’d switch to Hairprint or something else if it’s found to be unsafe.
    Thank you,
    Gina

  20. Hi Irina, thank you for this! Finding a shampoo that works for me, that I can really love – makes my hair and scalp clean but not stripped, my hair feel and look soft and non-greasy for at least a two days (preferrably 3), isn’t absurdly expensive, AND comes from a trustworthy company containing the least amount of harmful ingredients – has been one of the most difficult products to find. I’ve tried several shampoo bars and “natural” liquid shampoos. I believe my hair is pretty healthy, I don’t use any other product on my hair, nor do I blow dry… I’d be interested in your analysis of Thinksport Shampoo/Body Wash and California Baby Shampoo/body wash.

  21. Irina, thanks for the opportunity to suggest products! Would love to add Paradise Island shampoo to the list (doesn’t need conditioner!): https://www.amazon.com/Paradise-Island-Lathering-Phthalates-Disruptors/dp/B009A6D04I/

  22. I noticed that some of the products in your blog contain alcohol. I have heard that this is a vegetable alcohol and actually has hydrating properties instead of drinking alcohol that has dehydrating properties. What are your thoughts on that? Is it try that alcohol in beauty products I actually hydrating and not harmful to the body?

    • Hi, Kristine: A lot of “creamy” products such as conditioners have to have emulsifiers that bind water and oil. Cetearyl Alcohol is one of the safest emulsifiers. Even though it is called alcohol, it is more of a waxy substance than alcohol. There is also Grain Alcohol that can be used as part of preservation system. That would depend on the amount as to whether it will be drying. Did it help to clarify or confused you more? 🙂 ~Irina

  23. I wanted to let you know that I have been sooo happy with all of your recommendations! I recently purchased the shampoo and conditioner from body deli and am beyond thrilled with the results!! I decided to try their facial products too and can’t believe how much it’s healing my acne (I’ve never had an success in the past with natural/organic products for my skin). Thank you SO MUCH for all that you do, you have a life time follower!!!!!

  24. Thank you for these recommendations Irina, I basically LOVE everything you recommend and always try my best to get them shipped into my country where we are currently residing. This can sometimes be such an issue, but I keep trying until I can get my hands on whatever you recommend. 🙂 I would love a table with 5 shampoos and conditioners and would gladly pay the $2.99…. I am interested in the Josh Rosebrook Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner, John Masters Spearmint & Meadow Scalp Stimulating Shampoo, John Masters Lavender & Avocado Intense Conditioner, John Masters Organics Hairspray and John Masters Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructing Shampoo & Conditioner… Thank you again for all you do for us. You are such a life changer!

    • Thank you, Martie! I do plan on revising my John Masters shampoo post after I am done with a few private consultations. So far there have not been enough requests for the same product to create tables for $2.99 yet. Have a wonderful weekend. ~Irina

  25. Can you please tell me what you think of ONEKA? https://www.onekaelements.com/en/natural-hair-products/organic-shampoo
    What do you think of their ingredients? This is whats in their “unscented” shampoo:
    Ingredients: purified water, organic blend of Calendula officinalis (marigold), Arctium lappa (burdock root), Salvia sclarea (clary sage), Urtica dioica (nettle leaves), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), Taraxacum officinale (dandelion), Equisetum arvense (horsetail), decyl glucoside, cocamidopropyl betaine, vegetable glycerin, Cannabis sativa (hemp seed oil), panthenol (Vitamin B5), guar gum, citric acid, polyaminopropyl biguanide.

    • Great. Thank you for asking, Kalynda. Nobody asked about this shampoo yet. Know that I can also analyze it for a fee. Thanks!

  26. Great. Thank you for asking, Kalynda. Nobody asked about this shampoo yet. Know that I can also analyze it for a fee. Thanks!

  27. Thank you so much for your reviews, Irina! As always, they are so informative and helpful! And yes, I too would be happy to pay $2.99 for a review table like you’ve shown here. It’s informative but quick to review. I have had the same troubles you mention that others have mentioned with the Hairprint shampoos. I got the tangled-feeling hair and often use another (Deva Curl) conditioner after both Hairprint shampoo and conditioner. I am looking forward to trying your recs noted here. I would be happy with reviews for products by Giovanni, Accure, and 100% Pure. Thank you!

    • Thank you, Laurie! Which specific formulations of those brands are you interested in? Do you have curly hair? What type? ~Irina

  28. I have only used the Acure recently – Repairing Conditioner and Acure Smooth & Manageable Shampoo, so I guess I’m most interested in those. And on second thought, I would love a review on any of the Deva Curl shampoos or conditioners, especially low- and no-poo types. Yes, I have pretty wavy hair. I had read that cutting out silicone (and other chemicals) would help decrease frizziness. I have not found it to make a difference. Even after using Hairprint color restorer and shampoos for 6-9 months. Thanks again!

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